Florida cop suspended after shooting black woman in back with stun gun


An image from an amateur video of a Tallahassee police officer firing a stun gun at the back of a black woman.
An image from an amateur video of a Tallahassee police officer firing a stun gun at the back of a black woman.
An image from an amateur video of a Tallahassee police officer firing a stun gun at the back of a black woman.

A Florida police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation after he fired a stun gun into a 62-year-old black woman’s back during an arrest in a Tallahassee neighborhood, police said.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo called a news conference early Wednesday to announce the investigation after authorities obtained a video capturing the Tuesday afternoon incident that was shot by a citizen on a nearby porch.

“Based on the video, I have enough concerns to call for an internal investigation,” DeLeo said. “We will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident. We want to be transparent with the community by sharing what we can at this point, including the video.”

DeLeo added that, “The investigation will determine if the officer’s actions were legal and if those actions were consistent with the expectations I have set for our officers in terms of how we respect and treat our citizens.”



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